A “mystery fever” that has killed nearly 70 people, including 40 children, in a week has terrified the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Most of the deceased reported high fever, dehydration, and a sudden drop in platelet count, while others had dengue symptoms.
Several districts in the state are reporting cases, namely Agra, Mathura, Mainpuri, Etah, and Kasganj districts, while Firozabad is said to be the most affected district in the state.
“The situation in the districts is alarming,” Manish Asija, a member of the legislative assembly, said, adding that “waterlogging, lack of sanitation and hygiene are the reasons behind the disease spread.”
According to a report by The Times of India, 72 children out of 135 are fighting for their lives at the Firozabad Medical College, with over 50 percent of them displaying dengue symptoms.
According to health officials, 12 children have succumbed to the fever in the last 24 hours alone.
The exact cause is being studied”, the chief medical officer (CMO) of Firozabad district, Dr Neeta Kulshrestha, said.
Neeta Kulshrestha further added that all patients at government hospitals are being tested for COVID, but so far, none of the viral infection cases can be linked.
“Viral fever patients are being admitted in COVID-19 wards. Doctors and paramedics are on alert. The intensity of the fever is worrying. Children are taking two weeks to recover”, Firozabad Medical College’s Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS), Dr. Hansraj Singh, lamented, saying that the number of beds has been increased.